Alcea rosea Halo Blush
photo of Alcea 'Halo Blush' courtesy of Walters Gardens

Hollyhock

The halo series of Hollyhocks was developed by Thompson and Morgan of England. This series is the result of 16 years of plant breeding. 'Halo Blush' has large white flowers with a prominent fuchsia red halo and a yellow center. This series is very floriferous with dense flower spikes and dark green foliage.

  • Height: 152-183 cm (5-6 ft)
  • Spread: 45-60 cm (18-24 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 3
  • Sun or Shade: Full sun
  • Bloom Time: mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: green
  • Bloom Colour: white with fuchsia halo
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and hummingbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Hollyhocks prefer rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun. Once established they are somewhat drought tolerant. Because the foliage can be attacked by insects and foliar disease Hollyhocks should always be located where their "knees" will be covered by other plants. They may need staking in very windy sites but if they are at the back of a perennial border this is usually not required.

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